Know Your Enemy: The Spanish Giants – FC Barcelona Femeni

FC Barcelona Femeni were crowned champions of Spain on Sunday 9th of May 2021. After their football game with Granadilla Tenerife FC and a complete domination of the Primera Iberdrola for the past two seasons. Their last defeat in their domestic league was in the 18/19 season. They were knocked out of Supercopa de Espana Feminina by Atletico Madrid in a penalty shoot-out.

FC Barcelona Femeni: Current form

47 games played

43 Wins

2 Losses

2 Draws

199 Goals Scored

18 Goals Conceeded

FC Barcelona Femeni: The World Class Midfield Trio

Barcelona’s strongest weapon is that they have world-class midfielders. Midfielders that have combined to create magic. Aitana Bonmati, Patri Guijarro and Alexia Putellas all top players in their own right but together have created the best midfielder partnership in the world at the moment.

Caroline Graham Hansen, arguably the best winger in the world. She is capable of turning defences inside out with some very quick runs and dribbles. The Norwegian international is also known for having superb positional awareness. She is able to drag defenders with her and create spaces for her teammates. She is at the heart of Barcelona’s attacking plays and has even been dubbed a playmaking genius.

Luis Cortes

Luis Cortes has played a major role in Barcelona’s astronomical rice. He uses a formation that allows his players free range on the pitch. This allows players to adjust and dictate the flow of the game. “Taking full advantage of his players, LuĂ­s CortĂ©s is able to find a sense of calm in each match. Never obsessing over mistakes, recovering the ball with great ease, the rapid transitions, and the ability to dominate matches from the beginning are all traits that set this Barcelona apart from their competition.”- Rajesh Kannan

Expected line-up

Andrea Pereira is suspended for the final after picking up a second yellow card against Paris Saint Germain. Pereira is their trusted centre back. Cortes has a decision to make, break up the midfield trio and put Patri in Pereira’s position. Bringing Patri back, Hermoso slots in midfield. Cortes could also keep the midfield intact and add Melanie Serrano to the back line.

Barcelona Femeni predicted XI: (4-3-3) S. Panos, M. Torrejon, M. Serrano, M. Leon, L. Ouahabi, A. Bonmati, P. Guijarro, A. Putellas, C. Graham Hansen, J. Hermoso, L. Martens

Our expected Barcelona femeni lineup for the womens Champions League final
Our expected Barcelona Femeni lineup for the womens Champions League final

What to Expect

Barcelona are so good on the ball. They call it the “tiki-taka” football. This means they are able to move the ball well. This stretches out the opposition to allow the likes of Lieke and Hermoso space in the final third.

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Written by Louisa Okolobe (@SolDaro)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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